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From: Prometheus (
Subject: LDS and Veg. Question
Date: October 16, 2004 at 5:17 pm PST

First I just want to clarify the point that I am a vegetarian and NOT Mormon/LDS and really don't understand the religion very well.

That said, I have two frenids that are Mormon. Several weeks ago I was suprised to read the passage in Docterines and Covenents forbiding the consumption of meat except in times of famine or winter. I was shocked because I new my mormon freinds were Orthodox Mormons. They do not drink alchhol or tea. They spent two years doing missionary work. And yet they eat meat, which is directly contradicting the D&C code of health.
When I asked for an explanation of this contradiction, one of my freinds claimed that the D&C passage meant only to eat meat sparingly, as too much meat in the diet was unhealthy.
When I asked my other freind, he claimed that modern day prophets within the mormon church were told by God that it is fine to eat meat, and thus there is no conflict with mormons eating meat. He went on further to clarify that within the context of the times that the D&C was written, livestock was a rare comodity and the winters were very harsh, so it would have been wasteful to eat meat when not in a situation of famine. Since there is no current famine, it is fine to eat as much meat as you desire.
And yet most of those on this page who are mormon follow the D&C passage about not eating meat.

So my question is, if the Mormon church is one religion, why do some Mormons find it acceptable to eat meat and others not? What is the official view of the church? Do vegetaran mormons disregard the official view of the church?

Just curious.

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